Routine Wellness and Vaccination
A complete physical examination is important in keeping pets happy and healthy. The Dakota Veterinary Center recommends regular examinations and vaccination to ensure your pet’s well-being. Each patient has a full medical history taken by our veterinarian, followed by a complete physical exam.
Vaccination recommendations are tailored to your individual pet’s lifestyle. Regular heartworm and parasite prevention is recommended for all pets. Older pets, greater than 7 years of age, receive semi-annual exams and should have routine geriatric blood panels to screen for early signs of disease. With advances in veterinary medicine, many medical conditions can be diagnosed and managed, assuming early detection. It is important to remember that pets age faster than people, and regular veterinary care is critical in ensuring a long healthy life.
Companion Animal Medicine
The majority of the patients seen at DVC are dogs and cats. We are fully equipped to handle most medical conditions that may require hospitalization or specialized care. Some of the conditions we most commonly see are gastrointestinal disturbances, respiratory diseases, ear infections, dermatology consults, urinary tract infections, lameness and arthritis, metabolic and cardiac conditions.
Exotic Pet Medicine
The Dakota Veterinary Hospital cares for a variety of exotic pets. Dr. Stanzione is skilled at treating ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, small rodents, and various exotic animals. We offer annual physical exams, wellness care and husbandry consultations. Our trained staff can guide you with the proper care and nutrition of your exotic pet.
Dr. Stanzione is widely regarded as a top rabbit practitioner, recommended by the House-Rabbit Society. He has over 12 years of experience and has authored numerous articles and lectures in the field of rabbit medicine.
Our in-house laboratory facility is equipped with the latest diagnostic technology, enabling us to offer complete blood counts and organ function testing, urinalysis, and parasitology screenings. Additionally, we use an outside facility to perform additional areas of testing which include:
- Specialized blood profiles
- Allergy testing
- Histopathology and cytology
The Dakota Veterinary Center offers on-site radiology and ultrasound services. Dr. Stanzione has studied ultrasound examination extensively, and can perform abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms. We are also equipped with state-of-the-art digital radiography that allows more rapid and accurate interpretation by our doctors and outside specialists.
- Digital Radiology
At Dakota Veterinary Center we perform procedures ranging from routine spay and neuters to more advanced surgeries such as cruciate ligament repairs and other orthopedic surgeries. Our anesthetized patients benefit from close interpretative monitoring including EKGs, blood pressure monitoring, and pulse oximetry. All patients are examined prior to anesthesia and receive pre-operative bloodwork as needed, as well as pain medication prior to and following the procedure. Some of the most common surgeries performed at the clinic are:
Soft Tissue Surgery
1. Reproductive Surgeries
- Routine spay and neuter
2. Gastrointestinal Surgeries
- Hernia repair
- Gastric and intestinal foreign bodies
- Gastric dilatation-volvulus
3. Urogenital Surgery
4. Miscellaneous Surgeries
- Abscess surgery
- Cherry eye resection
- Aural hematoma
- Patellar Luxation Repair
- Cruciate Ligament Resection/Repair
- Meniscal Repair
- Femoral Head Osteotomy
- Soft Tendon Luxation Repair
- Spay and Neuter (Uterine adenocarcinoma is a life threatening disease and most common neoplasia of female rabbits, with up to 80% incidence among intact females. Because of this, all intact rabbits that are not breeders should be spayed.)
- Tooth trimming
- Abscess surgeries
Dental health is important in keeping a pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver healthy. The Dakota Veterinary Hospital offers routine dental care including full dental examinations, scaling, and polishing. With advanced-stage dental disease surgical tooth extractions may be recommended. Click Here for the Newsletter
The Dakota Veterinary Center can implant a small microchip in your pet to permanently identify your pet in case they ever are lost or missing. This is important in cats as well, since most indoor cats do not wear identification and can easily sneak outside. Please call us at (941) 421-0020 for more information.